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Friday, 6 November 2015

Top 10 Christmas Markets in Johannesburg 2015

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Jo’burg can be a nightmare during the Christmas rush.

Which is why we are such fans of the Christmas market scene that makes shopping for gifts such a gentle experience.

November and December are jam-packed with markets flaunting their wares, so take advantage and stock up early. There is a market for almost every week of the lead-up to the 25 December, but don’t leave it ’til the last minute.

Here are the top 10 Christmas markets in Johannesburg you cannot afford to miss… Continued

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

10 Top Markets In The Countdown To Christmas in Durban 2015

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There is a definite shift towards buying local (if you hadn’t already noticed the number of foodie and artisan craft markets that have mushroomed in your neighbourhood).

Never more so than at Christmas. For no matter how easy the Internet makes buying gadgets, there is nothing like buying your gifts, and food, from the local community.

Not only is it ethical to support local business, but it also keeps our communities strong.

The bonuses for you include: artisan crafters and food providers sell one-off gifts and offers that nobody else will have, you’re supporting South African entrepreneurs, you will probably spend less, and you help to build the local community.

Durban is alive with local talent, and a feast of Christmas markets. This year is not a case of where will you find local gifts, but: how will you make a choice between all the markets. Continued

Monday, 2 November 2015

6 Reasons South Africa Is A Bargain Holiday Destination

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Lonely Planet recently voted South Africa one of the major bargain holiday destinations in the world – alongside Bali, Samoa, Uruguay and Taiwan.

It is not the only organisation to publicly recognise the value of a visit to the south of the African continent. Last year the Garden Route was awarded Destination of the Year by the Global Golf Tourism organisation, whilst for over three years running Cape Town ranked as one of the world’s top-ten best cities to visit, and as the world’s top place to visit in 2014 (The New York Times).

With all this attention, and the beginning of light at the end of the tunnel after the worldwide economic decline that put more than a bit of a damper on international travel for most people, South Africa once again shines as a bargain holiday of note.

Here are 6 reasons South Africa is a bargain holiday destination… Continued

Thursday, 29 October 2015

Top 10 Christmas Markets in Cape Town 2015

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I start to feel the pressure around this time of the year when the likes of Pick n Pay and Woolies accumulate baubles, advent calendars and tinsel in their prime shelf space. My stomach literally sinks as I think of the annual crowds, and the grab-and-horde mentality that dominates any mall shopping experience over Christmas.

Which is why I’m such a fan of Christmas markets! They’ve turned the festive season around.

Now the Christmas experience is as it’s supposed to be – a gentle gifting experience, not only for one’s loved ones, but for oneself. The local markets in Cape Town are vibrant, creative and brimming with design and craft ideas that are a testimony to the inventive and imaginative talent across the country.

Cape Town has so many markets in November / December that one is spoilt for choice. Here are  the top 10 Christmas markets in Cape Town 2015 you cannot afford to miss (in order of occurrence): Continued

Monday, 19 October 2015

The Endangered Cape Griffon Vulture – Where To See It In South Africa

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The Cape Griffon Vulture (more commonly known as the Cape vulture) is a large bird; the largest of its kind in Africa.

Its size is clearly no measure of its ability to survive for the IUCN Red List lists it as Vulnerable and it is also the most endangered of the vultures; its already small population, distributed over various colonies, likely to continue declining unless conservation increases its efforts.

Called ‘Cape’ vulture because of the bird’s original commonplace sighting throughout the former Cape province of South Africa, it is today confined to a small part of south and southwest Africa.

Its population has significantly declined over the last few decades. Today there are colonies in Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique and South Africa. In Swaziland they are extinct, and only non-breeding populations survive in Zimbabwe and Namibia.

In South Africa 39% of the colonies recorded between 1987 and 1992 are now inactive.

In 2006 an estimation of the total population of Cape vultures brought the overall figures to between 8 000 and 10 000 individuals. The species is thought to have declined by as much as 70% between 1992 and 2007 in eastern South Africa. Continued

Monday, 12 October 2015

10 Natural Attractions on the West Coast

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Despite the surge in tourism that has thrust South Africa into the limelight as a holiday destination to which Europeans and Americans make return visits, this long stretch of fishing villages, windswept beaches, open-air seafood restaurants and icy seas remains relatively obscure.

However, it is conveniently close enough to Cape Town to serve as an escape for Capetonians.

The southern parts of the coastline are thus beginning to feel the pressure, and towns like Paternoster burst at the seams over long weekends and the festive season. But head north outside the flower season to the Namaqualand and its coast, or inland to the Cederberg, and you will discover a rural, raw beauty that is difficult to find elsewhere.

Here are 10 natural attractions on the West CoastContinued

Monday, 5 October 2015

10 top natural attractions in the Karoo

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What the Outback is to Australia, the Karoo is to South Africa.

It occupies 400 000 km²- practically one-third of the country’s total area; a vast, semi-arid region in the heart of the country, bounded by mountains in the south and west, and the huge Senqu, or Orange River, on its eastern and northern flanks.

This area of little rainfall, blue and cloudless skies, and extreme temperatures may have acted as a barrier to the interior from Cape Town for early settlers, but today it has come out of isolation to become a major tourist attraction – its immense spaces, incredible mountains, idiosyncratic towns and promise of escape the reason for its popularity.

These 10 top natural attractions are only a taste of what the Karoo holds in store for you. Continued

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Top Ten Natural Attractions in the Free State

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The term ‘free state‘ dates back to South Africa’s early history when, for almost 150 years, the white settlers, who lived between the Vaal and Orange rivers in an area they called the Orange Free State, were independent of British rule.

Today the fundamentally Afrikaans province is also the home of the country’s judicial capital and birthplace of the ANC.

However, the Free State’s major appeal is its natural beauty, open farmlands, and uninterrupted sky, quirky, idiosyncratic towns and villages, interesting road routes, and the vast rocky mountain area of the East Highlands.

For more on the Free State’s history, visit the City of Roses, Bloemfontein. This historical heartland is awash with museums, memorials and monuments.

For natural beauty, visit the Top Ten Natural Attractions in the Free StateContinued

Monday, 28 September 2015

Top Ten Natural Attractions in the Garden Route

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The Garden Route is a coastal corridor between the Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma Mountains – that divide the Garden Route from the Little Karoo – and the Indian Ocean so richly endowed in natural beauty that one is hard pushed to narrow a list down to a mere 10 attractions.

It provides a coastline of some 300 km between Mossel Bay and Plettenberg Bay – one of South Africa’s most popular holiday destinations for its effortless combination of ancient forests, rivers, wetlands, pristine stretches of beach, lakes, mountains and fynbos.

Here are 10 of the most popular natural attractions in the Garden Route. Continued

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Twenty Ways To Tell You Are In South Africa

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Every country has quirks and idiosyncrasies that make that country unique, even if with globalisation people and experiences are becoming rather predictable. However, down at the tip of the African continent, things are still very far from formulaic.

When it comes to offbeat, original and distinctive South Africa still has a firm grip on what it is to deliver an experience to the visitor. We guarantee you’ll still be talking about this list for years to come!

Here are twenty ways to tell you are in South Africa… Continued

Monday, 21 September 2015

Top Ten Natural Attractions in the Western Cape

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Africa’s most southern region, the Western Cape is also the country’s most mountainous and, some would argue, most beautiful province (certainly those who live in Cape Town like to think so).

It has more iconic-style attractions than any other province, and the combination of winelands, beaches, mountains and cosmopolitan lifestyle appeal enough to attract over 50% of international visitors to the country (Cape Town’s big six tourist attractions are visited by a higher number of foreign tourists than locals).

Here are Top Ten Natural Attractions in the Western Cape that keep them coming… Continued

Thursday, 17 September 2015

12 South African Events You Should Attend This Spring

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Spring has sprung, the grass is riz. I wonder where the boidies is. The boids is on the wing! Don’t be absoid! Da wings is on the boid!

In case you hadn’t noticed, the country has come to life – trees are in leaf, flowers are in bloom, the birds are a nest-making, people are furiously spring cleaning and decorating, and the temperatures (unless you live in Cape Town) are soaring into the upper twenties.

As if to mirror this burning urge to experience life to the full, and to get out of doors to appreciate the change in season, there are plenty of events around the country. Every one of these South African events is worth a visit… Continued

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

National Parks Week – Visit a Park For Free Tomorrow or Friday

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There are only two days left to take advantage of National Parks Week.

This annual celebration of spring allows South Africans FREE access to most of the 21 national parks across the country, from this Monday to Friday, the 18 or Saturday, 19 September 2015, depending on the park.

This is the tenth year that SANParks has held this week as a way to encourage locals to connect with their culture and heritage (September is also heritage month). Continued

Monday, 14 September 2015

Where To See The Cape Parrot – Africa’s Most Endangered Parrot

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Cape parrots are disappearing at a rapid rate.

Endemic to South Africa, the Cape parrot, or Poicephalus robustus, lives in the Afromontane yellowwood forests found mainly in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu Natal.

Over the last 50-100 years the population has decreased dramatically. They are considered critically endangered. Only 1600 remain in the wild.

In other words, you have more chance of sighting a white rhino, in South Africa, than you do a Cape parrot.

The Cape parrot is a large bird, roughly 34 cm in height, with an average weight of 260-330g. Their head and neck colours are bright gold mixed with dark brown, their backs and wings are dark green, their rumps and underparts bright green, sometimes with a hint of blue. The females sport an orange-red blaze across the crowns of their heads… Continued

Thursday, 10 September 2015

The Durban Experience – 10 Must-Do’s In Durbs-By-The-Sea

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South Africa’s third-largest city, Durban, is also arguably the country’s most laidback centre (although Port Elizabeth gives it a run for its money), by virtue of its sauna-like summer heat, and beach-centred culture (if slops and shorts are your idea of attire, then you’re in the right place).

Yet the city is not all about its beaches, Golden Mile, Moses Mabhida Stadium, and uShaka Marine World.

Although these are a drawcard in their own right Durban moves to the drumbeat of its cultural heritage, involving visitors in tours that venture into the heart of the inner-city and two of Durban’s Indian townships, Phoenix and Chatsworth, in a whirl of African colour and noise.

The city of many street-name-changes is full of surprisingly diverse tourist attractions. Our list of 10 must-do’s is a good place to start. Continued